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post #1 of 10 Old 04-06-2015, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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55g Barrel

I know it's not a large as the kiddy pools but I don't have a ton of space out side to work with so thinking I could use 1 or 2 55g barrels to use as live bearer breed out tanks.


The surface area is only 380" so not much more than a 20g long tank the volume of water is much higher. I could put them beside the house out of the sun so they temp shouldn't swing as much.

Any one tried this? Or would I just be wasting my time and endangering the fish?


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post #2 of 10 Old 04-06-2015, 03:10 PM
That is an interesting idea. If anyone knows if that would work, that would be excellent. I could set up a pair of those on my patio for breeding feeder guppies and ghost shrimp. I could probably even keep them in a closet... All I would need is a couple canister filters and a couple heaters, maybe an airstone apiece, but I could run both off a single pump.

Thinking about it, I believe the main issue you would have would be the surface area, requiring much more aeration than you would in a kiddie pool.

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post #3 of 10 Old 04-06-2015, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Drop a large sponge filter in the barrel and you should have all the filtering done and the surface aeration. But adding another air stone wouldn't be a issue.

I have a plastic barrel with the top removed that would work great, but you could cut the barrel in half(length wise so you have two half circles) that would give you a huge amount of surface area. You would have to build a stand to hold it because it won't stay up right.


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post #4 of 10 Old 04-06-2015, 03:41 PM
You don't think I would need a canister? I guess I just try to make things too complicated.

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I have sponges running on all my tanks, I'm seeding two sponges for my 125g right now. I will have a HOB also but that's because I want extra mechanical and current on that big of a tank. My wife is wanting a goldfish pond this spring and I will add a sponge for extra bio filtering.

A nice large filter like this one is all you would need. http://www.amazon.com/Bacto-surge-Fi...+sponge+filter

A lot of people think the sponge filter isn't as good but you need surface area for the bacteria to grow and sponges have tons of that. I think they are one of the best filters in the hobby and for the price they are the best.


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post #6 of 10 Old 04-06-2015, 10:16 PM
I do like the sponge filters. I had to shut mine off in my 150 though, I was aerating the water too much, and that was causing the plants to suffer. They seem to be recovering now.

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post #7 of 10 Old 04-07-2015, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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I think I will be giving this a shot this spring. The nights still get a little cool so I will wait a few more weeks and pick up a few more guppies or maybe mollies.


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post #8 of 10 Old 04-07-2015, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking about it I put my endlers in there. I will need to get a few more females but they would do well in an 55g barrel if I can keep it filtered enough.


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post #9 of 10 Old 04-20-2015, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to pick up a few of these. While not a many gallons as a barrel it does have the same surface area and that's what is important.
Shop Style Selections 20-Gallon Tote at Lowes.com

I need to get my filters seeded next week so I can start the tanks the first of the month.


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post #10 of 10 Old 05-16-2015, 04:56 AM
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hello,hello.
subscribing to see how this project goes

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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